Devin Hester Interview

Despite today's news about Hester's academic situation not being fully cleared yet, the standout wide receiver is ready to get things going. He discussed a lot of different things in this exclusive interview with

The NCAA clearinghouse is flagging the test scores of former Riviera Beach (Fla.) Suncoast standout Devin Hester. However, Hester should be able to start practicing with the team very shortly. This situation is very similar to Roscoe Parrish last year.

"I'm still very excited," Hester told me. "I had a great summer and I'm looking forward to starting with my new teammates."

The talented athlete recently went through a series of tests, which he performed very well on.

At 5-foot-10 and 176 pounds, Hester ran the fastest 40-time among the incoming freshmen. "They got me at 4.32," he said. "I've done faster than that before but these times seemed to be a little slower than what we were used to. I also did a 4.12 shuttle run and jumped 38 inches."

Hester said he really enjoyed participating in 7-on-7 drills this summer.

"They were a lot of fun," he said. "I got to learn a lot from some really good players. Beard, J-Boy (Sands), Roscoe - they're all real good. I actually caught the game-winning touchdown in the last one on Saturday. Ken Dorsey threw a perfect pass and I had beaten the defensive back to make the play. Hopefully I'll be able to catch a lot of balls from Dorsey this season."

Hester spoke very highly of the verteran quarterback. "He's the type that knows what's going on around him all the time," he said. "He constantly studies game film and he's a player you can always count on. The new guy (Marc Guillon) seems to be the same way and has a pretty good arm too."

Much of the discussion among fans this summer has surrounded on what position Hester will play.

"I've been working with the running backs and wide receivers this summer," he said. "They said I might be an emergency tailback this year but I've mostly been with the receivers. I might also play cornerback, but the coaches said I'll be more of a weapon on offense. I'm also going to return kicks. I'm just going to wait and see what happens and do what they ask me to do."

Hester, who plans on rooming with Ryan Moore at UM, had some good things to say about his future teammate.

"He's doing real well," he said. "He's a tall guy that can run really well and is real explosive. He's a real good threat down the field."

Hester said he has a few main goals during his first season as a Hurricane.

"I just want to come in and improve my personal skills," he said. "They say I might play one of a couple different positions so I just want to be in position to help my team out as much as I can. And I want to be able to maintain my grades and obviously repeat as national champions."

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